Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Favorite Retro Cookbooks and Recipes In Time For Holiday Baking and Cooking

Favorite Retro Recipe Books

Thought you might like to read some of these Retro cookbooks this holiday season. Many of these titles have been published awhile ago, but are still available on These books are fun finds for retro lovers and collectors.
I particularly enjoy the colorful graphics and vintage advertisements accompanying the recipes

Retro Pies
by Linda Everett
Review from Publisher's Weekly:
" Chock full of color-saturated vintage illustrations of cheerful women and lattice-topped pies, this book offers more to a collector of memorabilia than to a serious baker. Though the "pie crust clinic" does contain marginally helpful tips-like, "if the crust doesn't taste right: too much or not enough salt was used"-the book is short on technique and long on Americana. There are anecdotes about Abe Lincoln's favorite lemon pie and Martha Washington's cherry pie, but only four recipes for crusts. The book is separated into Main Dish Pies, Fruit Pies and Custard Pies, and includes an alphabetized list of each section (though it would have been helpful to index pies by ingredient rather than by ambiguous recipe titles like Peninsula Surprise Pie). The recipes themselves are from the good ol' days, and hence are heavy on fat and sugar; while most encourage use of fresh ingredients, New England Leftover Turkey Pie requires condensed soup, frozen peas and stuffing mix. Light on content, heavy on layout, this book offers little practical information that cannot be found in Betty Crocker, or any basic cookbook, the recipe for schintz being the only notable exception. That said, the pictures are delightful, and should make any baker feel nostalgia's sweet pangs."

Retro Baking
by Maureen Fischer
From Amazon Product Information:
"Everyone seems to think their grandma bakes the best biscuits on the block, but are they prizewinners? Ever wonder how to perfect that county fair, blue-ribbon apple pie? Wonder no more. The results are in—and RETRO BAKING is the winner! One hundred of America’s favorite baked goods are presented in their nostalgic glory, with vintage illustrations to match, in this latest Retro series book. Everything from tarts to dinner rolls has been selected for its universal deliciousness and award-winning appeal. Inspired by company sponsored contests and small-town bake-offs, these scrumptious recipes are tested, tasted, and time-honored. Your next attempt at three-layer frosted greatness is sure to turn out perfectly with the help of decades of baking experience. So dig out the apron, dust off the oven mitt, and discover your prizewinning potential!"

Retro Kids
By Richard Perry
From Amazon Product Information:
"Go ahead, play with your food! Take your taste buds on a trip down memory lane—with or without your children—with RETRO KIDS COOKING: TIMELESS RECIPES FOR COOKS OF ALL AGES. Kids love food, and now they can share the fun of cooking with easy-to-prepare, kid-tested recipes from generations of parents and classic cookbooks. From pigs in a blanket to peanut butter finger foods to grilled cheese, it’s all about creativity in the kitchen. Fabulous vintage illustrations of kids in the kitchen and classic products combine with 100 recipes, tips, and ideas to bring out the chef in everyone—no matter what age. Mix one part dad, grandma, or big sis with one part little helper, and you have a delicious recipe for great food and great memories."

Retro Recipe Internet Resources

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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